Fri 15 Oct 2004
It’s much better to encounter these huge centipedes (mukade) outdoors than inside the house! They are amazing creatures and I love watching the way their legs move in waves, but inside the house there is always the fear that I’m going to make a mistake when trying to catch one and it’s going to find somewhere to hide, then come out at night… The bite of these things is supposed to be horrendous.
This one was a reasonable size at 12cm long, but I’ve seen much bigger ones. I like the photo of it turning, showing the underside of its head with the huge poison claws (= modified front legs). Also, although (or because) it’s blurred, I like the photo of the centipede in motion – they do move pretty fast!
Large centipede = tobi-mukade
Phylum: Arthropoda; Subphylum: Myriapoda; Class: Chilopoda